2020 Toyota Tacoma vs. Tundra Comparison

Tacoma vs Tundra Comparison at Germain Toyota of Columbus

When it comes to legendary durability, capable performance, and outstanding versatility on and off the road – Toyota trucks have earned a renowned reputation as a favorite among truck shoppers. Whether you use your truck for work, play, or a combination of both – the Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra are up for the task. If you’re having trouble choosing between these two impressive pickups, Germain Toyota of Columbus wants to help. We’ve compared the Tacoma and Tundra side-by-side to help highlight the strengths and advantages of choosing each model. Let’s take a closer look.

Tacoma vs. Tundra – Quick Specs

2020 Toyota Tacoma VS 2020 Toyota Tundra
Starting at $27,170 MSRP* Base MSRP* Starting at $35,020 MSRP*
Standard 2.7L 4-Cylinder or Available 3.5L V6 Engine 5.7L I-FORCE V8
6-Speed Manual or Available 6-Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
159 (standard) / 278 (available) Horsepower 381
180 lb ft (standard) / 265 lb-ft (available) Torque 401 lb-ft
18 city / 22 hwy** Max MPG** 13 city / 18 hwy**
3,500-6,800 pounds Towing Capacity 6,400-10,200 pounds
1,620 pounds Max Payload Capacity 1,730 pounds

As you can see above, there’s a Toyota truck for every type of driver. The Tacoma offers a lower starting price, your choice of two engine and transmission options, and higher fuel economy ratings. These factors make the Tacoma a great choice for drivers searching for the right combination of utility, practicality, and a more compact footprint. Conversely, drivers looking for maximum performance along with towing and payload strengths should opt for the Tundra. Toyota Tundra models offer standard V8 power, a higher towing capacity, and superior payload ratings to help you tackle the toughest tasks.

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma Exterior
Toyota Tacoma Interior

A true legend in the midsize pickup segment, the Toyota Tacoma has remained an icon for its proven durability, capable performance, and impressive features that help it excel both on and off the road. Drivers can choose from Access Cab (6-foot bed) or Double Cab (available in 5-foot short bed or 6-foot bed) to suit their passenger or cargo-carrying needs. In terms of performance, you can select from an economical 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. If you need more muscle, the available 3.5-liter V6 cranks out a robust 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, you can choose from a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic depending on your driving preferences. In addition to its more compact size, another great reason to choose the Tacoma instead of the Tundra are its superior fuel economy ratings.

Inside the cabin, the Tacoma features 39.7 inches of headroom and 42.9 inches of legroom in the front seat. In the back seat of Double Cab models, passengers will enjoy 38.3 inches of headroom and 32.6 inches of legroom. Additional amenities available on the Tacoma are a wireless charging pad, a standard deck rail system, and a 120-volt outlet located in the bed. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard on all 6 trim levels of the Toyota Tacoma.

2020 Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra Exterior
Toyota Tundra Interior

If you’re looking for maximum capability in your full-size truck, look no further than the impressive Toyota Tundra. A largest-in-its-class 38 gallon fuel tank, massive front brakes, and an available towing capacity of 10,200 pounds help illustrate how the Tundra can help you conquer any challenge standing in your way. Its standard 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine produces a potent 381 horsepower along with 401 lb-ft of torque for plenty of low-end grunt and muscle. You’ll have your choice of 6 distinctive trim levels ranging from the work-ready SR and SR5 to the luxurious Platinum and 1794 Edition. An available integrated trailer brake controller adds stability when towing a heavy load.

Larger in size than its smaller counterpart, the Toyota Tundra offers front seat passengers 39.7 inches of headroom and 42.5 inches of legroom. Inside Tundra CrewMax configurations, back seat occupants will have plenty of room to get comfortable thanks to 38.9 inches of headroom and 42.3 inches of legroom. Hitching up to your trailer has never been simpler or more convenient thanks to a standard integrated backup camera. If you’re craving the ultimate in comfort and luxury, Tundra 1794 Edition trims include a Western-themed interior featuring brown premium perforated leather-trimmed seats.

*MSRP includes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $955 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra, Yaris HB, Yaris Sedan), $1,120 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Land Cruiser, Sequoia), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally related equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**2020 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.